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  1. Default Raeford, NC to San Diego, CA trip advice needed

    We are planning to leave Feb 27th from Raeford, NC and drive to San Diego, CA. We want to avoid snow and icy roads so were planning on making our first overnight stop Mobile, AL, then San Antonio, TX, then El Paso, TX, and then ending our trip in San Diego, CA. Does this seem like a reasonable route to take?

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    You really need to add another day to your trip. Each and every one of your days is over 600 miles, and some are at or above 700 miles. That is simply too much to do day in and day out. Certainly, you could do it for one day, maybe two, but you will be exhausted by the time you reach the halfway mark of your trip, even with multiple drivers.

    Its also a myth that you can avoid snow and ice by taking I-10. Snow and Ice are common from West Texas into Eastern Arizona, and these areas have already seen highway closures this year because of severe winter weather. You might not see it during your trip, but don't assume it will be clear on this route, or any other cross country route.

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    El Paso to San Diego is about 725 miles......even my husband, a former long-distance truck driver, would balk at that many miles in one day. This is particularly true during winter days when there is less daylight. I was reading today about black ice on the road, too. So you might not only want to add another day for travel, you may need to add an extra day cushion to allow for weather issues!


    Donna

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    Thanks for the advice. What is a reasonable distance to travel in one day?

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    Default For a pleasant journey

    Around five hundred miles is generally considered a comfortable distance, and will put you on the road for 8.5 - 9 hours, with normal stops for fuel, food, etc. Be sure to build in a buffer in case winter weather puts you off the road for a while.

    Lifey

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    Default rule of thumb

    A good rule of thumb is that you should try to keep your days to the 500-600 mile range on a multi-day trip. That's a full day on the road, and leaves time for basic stops for food, fuel, and short rest breaks, but not much time for substantial sightseeing. That's also along the same lines of how far professional drivers are allowed to travel in a single day, because of safety/fatigue concerns. Many people can do a bit more in a single shot, but when talking about a cross country trip, you need to think of it like a marathon where you should keep a steady and maintainable pace.

    BTW, you'd actually save yourself more than 100 miles by going through Dallas, instead of down through Mobile. That's not a huge deal over a 2500 mile trip, but its enough to give it some thought.

    On your original route, I'd look at stopping near Evergreen AL, Houston, Fort Stockton TX, and Tucson. If you took the shorter route, you could look around Tuscaloosa, Dallas, Van Horn TX, and Casa Grande or Gila Bend AZ.

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    You'll have more choices in Casa Grande/Arizona City/Toltec, for lodging, than you will in Gila Bend. CG to San Diego is about 350 miles. Hopefully they will finish the construction in the mountains between Yuma and San Diego before then, but if they don't, be aware there's a "cone zone" just after you start the climb from El Centro.



    Donna, who's been running I-8 a lot lately!

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